Following indications of a rise in ketamine usage, health authorities in some parts of Merseyside have started a campaign alerting the public to its risks.
As more youngsters in St Helens go to GPs and A&E departments complaining of stomach discomfort, a sign of taking the substance, police and other authorities are growing more worried.
Ketamine usage can result in severe bladder, kidney, and liver issues.
Some users might not be aware of the hazards, according to councilman Anthony Burns.
Merseyside Police, St Helens Borough Council, health services, and others have teamed together for a campaign to increase public awareness of the hazards.
According to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, they have given presentations in schools and other settings that included instruction on the negative impacts and damage of ketamine.
Ketamine is a general anesthetic that lessens bodily feelings, including the capacity to feel pain, which increases the risk of injury should someone injure oneself.
Ketamine usage on a regular basis might also result in agitation, panic attacks, and other mental health issues.
The cabinet member for wellness, councillor Anthony Burns, stated: “Ketamine is addictive and linked to a number of major health hazards, some of which users may not be aware of.
Some young individuals may develop this illness as a lifelong or permanent condition, which would imply they would always have major health issues.